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Cougar Town Heading to TBS

I’m so happy for the Cul-di-Sac crew.   Maybe they will finally get the love and attention they deserve on TBS.  ABC has canceled Cougar Town but it was picked up by TBS so Penny Can lives on!!!

I’m not sure why this comedy was always given the short end of the stick by ABC.  I don’t get it.  But I’m glad someone found value in the show to keep it alive!  I’m curious to see how the show will do on cable and how much it will change (if at all.)

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Like Oh My God, Glory Daze is Cancelled!!

It’s sad but true.   Glory Daze, the hour-long comedy (and I use that word loosely) has been canceled by TBS.   The ratings weren’t horrible but they weren’t good enough for another season.  Glory Daze was about 4 men pledging a fraternity in the ’80s and all the funny mishaps and love triangles that are formed as a result.

My husband was really looking forward to this show since this lined up with when he pledged his fraternity at the University of Delaware.  Sadly, it was never as good as the music that was played during the show.   There were some funny parts and some hysterical characters (I will miss you Eli Schwartz!)   But overall, the show wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been.

Rest in peace Glory Daze.  I guess I will need to break out my Squeeze, Tears for Fears, Cyndi Lauper, and Devo cassette tapes to reminisce on days gone by!

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Canceled Shows, New Shows, TBS

 

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To Be or Not To Be Canceled…Why TV Networks Should Operate Like Pro Sports Teams

We have about 12-16 weeks left (about 10 episodes for those shows will full orders for the year) in the 2010-2011 network broadcast season.   One thing is certain, I think it is harder and harder for shows to get on the air and stay on the air long-term.  Think about it.  It used to be that a new show had an entire season to see if it could make it.  In some cases, it even got a few seasons to see what it could do.  When you hear Murphy Brown, LA Law, Cheers, Hill Street Blues…what do you think?  These were classic shows that people loved, they won lots of awards and accolades, and people still watch them on syndicated channels or DVDs today.  Yet if every single one of these shows, were broadcast today, NONE of them would have seen a 2nd season and some probably wouldn’t have lasted to mid-season.   Think about Cheers.  Cheers was dead last in the ratings when it premiered in 1982.  It would have been canceled after 3 episodes today.   Maybe it would have lasted until mid-season with burn offs on Saturday.    And before you ask, yes, we are talking about the same Cheers that ran for ELEVEN SEASONS and spun off one of the most successful sitcoms ever, Frasier, which ran another ELEVEN SEASONS on its own.  In its first TWO seasons, Cheers wasn’t in the top 30 TV shows and as I mentioned in its first season was dead last.  It didn’t crack the top 30 until season 3 (tied for #12 with Hotel.)  But starting with season 4, it was in the top 5 shows for the next SEVEN seasons with it being #1 during the 1990-1991 season.  In its final season, the 1992-1993 season, it was #8.  When I look at that, I am blown away.  The saying “timing is everything” couldn’t be more true when it comes to TV.  Could you imagine a TV history that didn’t include Cheers?  If Cheers premiered today to those ratings, you wouldn’t be talking about Cheers as one of the best sitcoms of all time with some of the most quotable characters ever.  Could you imagine TV history without Frasier?  If Cheers never got off the ground, Frasier never would have happened.  Now keep in mind, when I say “those ratings” I don’t mean the actual ratings because they can’t be compared to today’s ratings.  A #1 show back in the 70s and 80s would pull in a 30-32 rating.  Today the #1 show pulls in around 16-17 (which wouldn’t have put it in the top 30-40 shows in the 70s and 80s.)  I mean the ranking of where the show falls vs. its competitors.  Now I am not one of those pining of the old days type of people but it does make you think.  How many shows that have been canceled over the last 10 years could have been the next Cheers if it was given a chance?

Not only do shows have to worry about bringing in the ratings for the advertisers to keep revenues flowing at the networks, as well as the shows they compete with in their respective time slots, but there is one more area that they have to worry about…shows on their own network.  The more successful a network is with its shows, the harder it is to stay on that network.  On the flip side, the more credence your show gets because it is on said successful network, the more viewers your show will likely get.  It’s a quite a conundrum.  Break it down by network.   CBS is far and away the best network in both total viewers and ratings in the all important adults 18-49 advertiser category.  ABC is 2nd in total viewers but 4th in ratings (guess ABC is skewing really young or really old.)  NBC is 3rd in total viewers and ratings.   Fox is 4th in total viewers and 2nd in ratings (thank you American Idol.)  And the CW is a distant 5th in everything.  CBS, NBC, and the CW are up this year in ratings.  The CW programming this year is really strong (for CW standards) and isn’t surprising since it has such a small base with which to grow.  NBC really had nowhere to go but up.  If I am not mistaken, the Winter Olympics were last year in February so that could impact NBC in the later part of this season.  CBS is CBS but could see some big declines in the next few weeks because they had the Super Bowl last year.  Fox is down but could rebound with Super Bowl this year.  ABC is down and I’m not sure why, to be honest.  I am going to assume it’s a weak broadcast season.

So what does all this mean?  It means awesome shows like Blue Bloods and The Good Wife on CBS may not make it to next season because all the other CBS shows are doing so well yet NBC can’t keep a drama on the air to save its life.  In terms of hour-long dramas, CBS has only canceled one show this year (Medium) while only one other show appears to be headed for cancellation (The Defenders.)  NBC has canceled 2 shows (Outlaw and Undercovers) while 3 shows appear headed for cancellation (The Cape, The Event, and Chase.)  ABC has canceled 2 shows so far (The Whole Truth and My Generation) while 3 shows appear headed for cancellation (V, No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7.)  Both NBC and ABC will seem to have 5 open drama spots where CBS will only have 2.  And here is the part that confuses me, CBS NEEDS to cancel more shows so that they can premiere new shows next season, that could be the next CSI or Grey’s Anatomy (in terms of ratings not content.)  WHY?  If you have shows that are working, why dump them?  Because something MAY be better?  Don’t get me wrong.  I am not under the delusion that the networks care about good programming for the viewer.   They care about good programming for the viewer only if it gets them the ratings needed to drive up costs to the advertisers, to increase revenues.  This is a business and the bottom line is, money drives everything.  But there has to be a better way so the viewer doesn’t lose quality programming.

You sports fans out there can appreciate the next analogy.  Why can’t we have a free agency/trade period in TV like pro sports teams?   Hear me out for a minute.  What if a show like Blue Bloods, which has a solid, loyal audience, is a great show but isn’t big enough to out-do the other shows on the network.  CBS would have a dilemma.  Blue Bloods is a solid procedural and they like it creatively and don’t want to walk away from it but would like to take a chance on a new show that could bring in a larger audience.   CBS could “trade” it to another network and get something in return.  Just like a football team with one too many linebackers and there isn’t room for him on the team.  He’s fantastic, just not better than what they have.  So they trade him to another team to get something they need in return.  In this case, I’m not suggesting networks trade a 1 hour drama for 1/2 sitcom and some advertisers to be named later.  But there could be a win-win solution.  NBC’s dramas have really been tanking and they have been struggling in this category since ER went off the air.  What if CBS traded Blue Bloods to NBC and in return, CBS would get a % of their advertising revenue during that show.  It’s a win for NBC because they are getting a proven show with a loyal audience that they can hopefully build on (something they have been struggling with for many years now.)  It could remove competition for them with one of their other shows in the same time slot, L&O SVU (which you could argue has the same type of audience) and could be moved to set up a “2 hours of Justice” night with Blue Bloods at 9pm and SVU at 10pm.  Ok so we’d have to work on the tag line, but you get the idea.  Then CBS would get a % of the ad revenue from that show.  It’s still better revenue than NBC was getting from a show like The Cape or The Event that they are losing.   So even giving 5-7% to CBS, the 93-95% they are left with is still better than 100% with The Cape because they could charge a higher premium due to the ratings.  CBS gets that 5-7% for as long as the show runs and are basically getting ad revenue for nothing.  And the viewers of Blue Blood don’t have to see their show go off the air….unless NBC finds a way to kill it which is completely possible.   Maybe there is even a bonus package in place for CBS if the show lasts for 10+ seasons.  I love this solution!!!!!   Now, am I over simplifying a situation that is probably more complicated than it sounds, probably.  But why not try it?  Give a few seasons to see if it could work.  Doesn’t it benefit ALL the networks to keep the best programming on the air possible to keep the viewers coming back to drive those ad sales up?  I think the viewers would appreciate it and so would the cable and satellite companies.   The cable and satellite companies would love it because there would be more of a need to record shows with so much good programming on the air, that it would drive the need for DVRs up and people would be buying more so they can not miss their favorite shows!  The more quality products out there, the more revenue that naturally comes in to all parties involved.   Plus it makes people a lot less angry at the networks for pulling their favorite shows.  I am still pissed at FOX for pulling Reunion off the air before we found out who murdered Sam!!!

I am a business person but the TV industry is not my area of expertise.  Ask me anything about the alcohol beverage industry and I could give you a sound business plan.  I am just someone who love TV and loves GOOD TV.  I hate seeing good shows getting canceled and talented casts and excellent writers and crews be out of work because you have to make room for something that MIGHT be better.  I think another part of why networks are so quick to dump shows is because they have SO many shows in waiting.  Why not have 2 dramas, 2 comedies, and a reality show ready to go if something doesn’t work.  And if something doesn’t after giving it a fair chance, you dump it and go with the backup plan.  But if it works, then hold off the back up plans for next season or dump the back up plan.  Wouldn’t it have to be cheaper to get rid of a pilot than a whole show that’s been on the air already?  Again, I know I am over-simplifying this but since I’m not an expert, just someone who wants to see the best shows on TV, I’m throwing ideas out there.    It’s just, the idea of Blue Bloods or The Good Wife going off the air because CBS needs to get rid of 2 more hours of drama to make room for stuff next season that may or may not work, is mind-boggling to me.  Yet, NBC probably won’t have anything near the level of these two shows coming to its network next year.  I don’t know that with 100% certainty.  But based on their recent history, it isn’t likely.

I guess my main point for writing this is that I think the networks are currently setting themselves up for failure, more times than not.  It used to be that you had a show and it had 22-24 episodes to see what it could do with some back ups if it really stunk.  Now you have fall season shows, mid-season shows, summer season shows, and replacement shows for fall and mid-season.  It’s too many!  No wonder shows are pulled after 3-5 showings.  You have so many waiting in the wings that if it isn’t clicking immediately, it’s gone and the next one is coming in.  And I understand that with the advent of cable shows taking over, networks can’t afford to be patient.  It’s really not fair to compare cable to network because there is so much more you are permitted to do with cable that you can’t with network TV.  But like it or not, fair or not, they compete for viewers.  And with people becoming more and more busy and their time becoming more valuable, they are going to go where there is quality.   So what is a network to do?

If you were in charge, what would you do?  How would you make it so good shows don’t disappear to never see what they could achieve?  How can we make sure that we don’t miss an opportunity on the next great show?   How do we make sure “Cheers” gets its chance?

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in ABC, AMC, Canceled Shows, CBS, CW, FOX, HBO, NBC, Showtime, Sound Off, TBS, TNT, USA

 

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Mid Season Premiere Dates UPDATED!!!

Thanks to one of my favorite TV web sites….Watch with Kristin at E!Online, they have listed their premiere dates that also shows when our regular shows are also coming back on the air and not just the new shows!!!  Fell free to click the link below for more details!!

Sat., Jan. 1
Primeval (BBC America), 9 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 2
Brothers & Sisters (ABC), 10 p.m.
Desperate Housewives (ABC), 9 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 3
The Bachelor (ABC), 8 p.m.
Castle (ABC), 10 p.m.
Greek (ABC Family), 9 p.m.
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS), 10 p.m.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS), 8 p.m.
Mike & Molly (CBS), 9:30 p.m.
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family), 8 p.m.
Rules of Engagement (CBS), 8:30 p.m.
Two and a Half Men (CBS), 9 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 4
The Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC), 8 p.m.
Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC), 10 p.m.
Parenthood (NBC), 10 p.m.
Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance (CBS), 8 p.m.
Southland (TNT), 10 p.m.
V (ABC), 9 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 5
Better With You (ABC), 8:30 p.m.
Cougar Town (ABC), 9:30 p.m.
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV 101), 9 p.m.
Human Target (Fox), 8 p.m.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC), 9 p.m.
The Middle (ABC), 8 p.m.
Modern Family (ABC), 9 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 6
$#*! My Dad Says (CBS), 8:30 p.m.
The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 8 p.m.
CSI (CBS), 9 p.m.
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 9 p.m.
The Mentalist (CBS), 10 p.m.
Private Practice (ABC), 10 p.m.
Wipeout (ABC), 8 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 7
Blue Bloods
(CBS), 10 p.m.
CSI: NY (CBS), 9 p.m.
Medium
(CBS), 8 p.m.
Merlin (Syfy), 10 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 9
Bob’s Burgers (Fox), 8:30 p.m.
Californication (Showtime), 9:30 p.m.
The Cape (NBC), 9 p.m.
The Cleveland Show (Fox), 8:30 p.m.
Episodes (Showtime), 9 p.m.
Family Guy (Fox), 9 p.m.
Shameless (Showtime), 10 p.m.
The Simpsons (Fox), 8 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 10
Lie To Me (Fox), 9 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 11
The Good Wife (CBS), 10 p.m.
Lights Out (FX), 10 p.m.
NCIS (CBS), 8 p.m.
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 9 p.m.
Teen Mom 2 (MTV), 10 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 12
Chase (NBC), 9 p.m.
Criminal Minds (CBS), 9 p.m.
Off the Map (ABC), 10 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 16
Big Love (HBO), 9 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 17
Being Human (Syfy), 9 p.m.
Chuck (NBC), 8 p.m.
Harry’s Law (NBC), 10 p.m.
House (Fox), 8 p.m.
Skins (MTV), 10 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 18
Life Unexpected (CW), 8 p.m. (series finale)
White Collar (USA), 10 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 19
American Idol (Fox), 8 p.m.
Blue Bloods (CBS), 10 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 20
30 Rock (NBC), 10 p.m.
Bones (Fox), 8 p.m.
Community (NBC), 8 p.m.
Fairly Legal (USA), 10 p.m.
The Office (NBC), 9 p.m.
Outsourced (NBC), 10:30 p.m.
Parks & Recreation (NBC), 9:30 p.m.
Perfect Couples (NBC), 8:30 p.m.
Royal Pains (USA), 9 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 21
Fringe (Fox), 9 p.m.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Starz), 10 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 23
Kourtney and Kim Take New York (E!), 10 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 24
90210 (CW), 8 p.m.
Gossip Girl (CW), 9 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 25
Hellcats (CW), 9 p.m.
One Tree Hill (CW), 8 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 27
Archer (FX), 10 p.m.
Nikita (CW), 9 p.m.
The Vampire Diaries (CW), 8 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 28
Smallville (CW), 8 p.m.
Supernatural (CW), 9 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 4
The Defenders (CBS), 8 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 6
Glee (Fox), following the Super Bowl

Mon., Feb. 7
The Chicago Code (Fox), 10 p.m.
Traffic Light (Fox), 9:30 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 8
Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC), 10 p.m.
Raising Hope (Fox), 9 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 9
Justified (FX), 10 p.m.
Mr. Sunshine (ABC), 9:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 16
Survivor: Redemption Island (CBS), 8 p.m.
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS), 10 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 20
The Amazing Race (CBS), 8 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 21
Mad Love (CBS), 8:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 23
America‘s Next Top Model (CW), 8 p.m.
Shedding for the Wedding (CW), 9 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 28
The Event (NBC), 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 6
Celebrity Apprentice (NBC), 9 p.m.

Wed., March 16
America‘s Next Great Restaurant (NBC), 9 p.m.
The Marriage Ref (NBC), 10 p.m.

Tue., March 29
Body of Proof (ABC), 10 p.m.

Fri., April 1
Breaking In (Fox), 9 p.m.
Camelot (Starz), 10 p.m.
Chaos (CBS), 8 p.m.

Wed., April 13
Happy Endings (ABC), 10 p.m.

Read more: http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b216908_get_our_2011_winter_tv_premiere_dates.html#ixzz19cCTfCC8

 

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2010 in ABC, AMC, CBS, CW, FOX, HBO, NBC, New Shows, Showtime, TBS, TNT

 

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Mid Season Premiere Dates!

It’s hard to believe that we are mid way through the 2010-2011 TV season but we are!  There are lots of shows premiering in Jan-Mar 2011 (probably because the shows in 2010 weren’t so great.)  There is also A LOT of moving shows to new days and times since there is a lot of burn off that needs to happen with shows.  It can be very confusing so I am going to break it down as best I can.

Below are all the premiere dates of new shows starting in Jan.  Some shows are returning from hiatus (like Pretty Little Liars, Survivor, and American Idol) and some are brand new shows (like The Cape, Harry’s Law, and Mr Sunshine) and the new shows are highlighted for you.  So check these out and the daily grids should be coming soon!

Date Time Show Network
Monday, January 03, 2011 8:00 The Bachelor ABC
Monday, January 03, 2011 8:00 Pretty Little Liars ABC Family
Monday, January 03, 2011 9:00 Greek ABC Family
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:00 Live to Dance   NEW CBS
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:00 The Biggest Loser NBC
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 9:00 V ABC
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 10:00 Southland TNT
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:00 Are We There Yet? TBS
Thursday, January 06, 2011 8:00 Winter Wipeout ABC
Friday, January 07, 2011 10:00 Merlin Syfy
Sunday, January 09, 2011 8:30 Bob’s Burgers   NEW Fox
Sunday, January 09, 2011 9:00 The Cape   NEW NBC
Sunday, January 09, 2011 9:00 Californication SHOW
Sunday, January 09, 2011 9:30 Episodes   NEW SHOW
Sunday, January 09, 2011 10:00 Shameless   NEW SHOW
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:00 Lights Out   NEW FX
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:00 Off the Map   NEW ABC
Sunday, January 16, 2011 9:00 Big Love HBO
Monday, January 17, 2011 9:00 The Cape (timeslot premiere) NBC
Monday, January 17, 2011 9:00 Being Human   NEW Syfy
Monday, January 17, 2011 10:00 Harry’s Law   NEW NBC
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:00 White Collar USA
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:00 American Idol Fox
Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:30 Perfect Couples    NEW NBC
Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:00 Royal Pains USA
Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:30 Parks and Recreation NBC
Thursday, January 20, 2011 10:00 Fairly Legal     NEW USA
Friday, January 21, 2011 8:00 Who Do You Think You Are? NBC
Friday, January 21, 2011 8:00 Kitchen Nightmares Fox
Friday, January 21, 2011 10:00 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena NEW Starz
Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:00 Archer FX
Monday, February 07, 2011 9:00 The Chicago Code    NEW Fox
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 9:30 Mr. Sunshine    NEW ABC
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 10:00 Justified FX
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 8:00 Survivor: Redemption Island CBS
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 10:00 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior  NEW CBS
Sunday, February 20, 2011 8:00 The Amazing Race CBS
Monday, February 21, 2010 8:30 Mad Love  NEW CBS
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:00 America’s Next Top Model CW
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:00 Shedding for the Wedding    NEW CW
Monday, February 28, 2011 9:00 The Event NBC
Sunday, March 06, 2011 8:00 Secret Millionaire   NEW ABC
Sunday, March 06, 2011 8:00 The Marriage Ref NBC
Sunday, March 06, 2011 8:00 The Kennedys    NEW HIST
Sunday, March 06, 2011 9:00 Celebrity Apprentice NBC
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:00 America’s Next Great Restaurant   NEW NBC
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:00 Body of Proof   NEW ABC

Now these aren’t all the premieres..I refuse to put the premiere of junk like Jersey Shore on here.  But this should cover most shows.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, Showtime, TBS, TNT, USA

 

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REVIEW: Glory Daze “Pilot” S1 E1

As soon as I heard Billy Idol’s “Dancing with Myself” in the promos, I knew I had to watch this show.  80s music, college humor, frat parties…I am there!

The premise of this show is quite simple: 4 freshman starting their college lives together in Indiana at a university called Hayes and deciding to pledge the same fraternity, Omega Sigma.  Initially, this seems to be a show with typical jokes (partying, masturbation, falling for the girl you can’t have.)  Watch any cheesy college movie in the ’80s and it has that same feel.  Until we get to learn the characters better and their college careers advance, it will probably remain that simple.   And I’m ok with that.  Plus this has some nostalgia for my husband who entered college one year after these guys did.   So, as my husband has already informed me, he will be all over the pop cultural references like white on rice.   But I have faith that this could turn into a really fun dramedy vs. just dumb college humor.

The main character, Joel (played by Kelly Blatz) is a pre-med student with a really weird roommate and over involved parents (played by Brad Garrett and Cheri Oteri.)   Joel has that every kid likability and is trying to balance his studies and pledging a fraternity (which he promised his dad he wouldn’t do.)   But one look at his roommate and he decides to meet up with his motley crew to go frat house hopping.   He is the type of kid who always does what his parents want….a good boy.  So this college journey will also be the growth of Joel becoming his own person and figuring out his own wishes and dreams (as it is with most college students.)  Part of this motley crew includes Eli (played by Matt Bush), Jason (played by Drew Seeley), and Brian (Hartley Sawyer.)   Eli is the stereotypical horny virgin who wants to pass himself off as the ultimate ladies man and wants nothing more than to get laid.   His father wants him to join the Jewish frat house but since none of the other guys would pass, he wants to stick with them and pledges Omega Sig.  Brian is the jock.  He is there on a baseball scholarship and his coach wants him to focus on nothing but baseball but again, Brian wants to stick with his friends and he pledges as well.   Finally we have the conservative, Jason.  He and his girlfriend decided to come to Haynes together (she got into Yale but he didn’t) with a plan…join a certain fraternity and sorority that has turn out senators, leaders of industry, and future presidents.   After one night with the OS guys (and peeing in his bed) his girlfriend has already given up on him saying she gave up Yale for him (that was dumb) and he has already changed for the worse.  Wow.  That relationship never had a chance if she thought neither of them would veer from the plan and never change.  Later when he goes to bring her flowers to apologize, she flashes him her Yale shirt and gives him the finger as she leaves.   Classic!

We were also introduced to some other interesting side characters.  Chang (played by Tim Jo) is Eli’s roommate and initially wants to pledge the same frat as the guys but his dad wants him to pledge the Asian fraternity.   When he sees the Asian house, he notices that it is really quiet and he is disappointed thinking all those guys are going to do is study and no partying.  When he goes to the door, one of the brothers let’s him and gives him a tour of the house.  It’s all like he thought but then the brother brings him to the basement.  He opens this door and a HUGE party with all the Asian students is happening.   “Isn’t it great to be Asian?” the brother says.  Ha!  So we don’t see Chang for a few days until he comes back to his and Eli’s room and passes out.   Christie (played by Julianna Guill) is the pretty blonde that Joel meets in class.   They strike up a nice conversation and if little reds heart could have floated over his head like Charlie Brown, they would have.  He bumps into her again at the OS party and she mentions that if he pledges, they will see each other a lot.  This should have been a huge clue to me.   When they are officially named pledges and they meet up again, she mentions how her boyfriend is also a brother.   The camera flashes to the president of OS that didn’t want them approved to begin with.   This should be an intriguing story for the season.  Reno (played by Callard Harris) is in charge of the pledge class and doesn’t seem to care too much about school….just partying.   Their chapter is in danger of being revoked so he wants to make sure that doesn’t happen.  I have a feeling there is going to more to this “party only mentality” that Reno has the more we get to know him.  Turbo (played by James Earl) is the pledge class drill sargent in charge of scaring the crap out of the pledges and making their lives miserable.  He is also in charge of “The Beast” which is the most incredible looking beer bong you have ever seen.  He’s tough on the pledges but looks to have a heart of gold and fun personality.  Zack (played by Josh Brener) is Joel’s creepy roommate.  Other than him being an outcast and really annoying right now, there is not much to say on him.  And Professor Haines (played by Tim Meadows) is the crazy professor.  He has no problem making fun of his students and he seems a bit left of center.   He adds some great comic relief to the show.

Glory Daze airs Tuesdays at 10pm on TBS.  If you grew up in ’80s, you will love the pop culture references and ’80s one-hit-wonders and appreciate the “Animal House” type humor and situations.   I think this show has some good potential but you should check it out and see for yourself!

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Recaps and Reviews, TBS

 

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